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In-The-Money Cash-Secured Puts: Allow Exercise or Roll the Option When Using the PCP Strategy?

As contract expiration nears, we must be prepared how to manage our in-the-money (ITM) cash-secured puts. Assuming we initially sold an out-of-the-money (OTM) put which is now ITM, share price has declined. We can assume that by following the BCI guidelines for position management, the current stock price is not more than 3% below the […]

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Ask Alan #164 I Can’t Make Much Money Rolling-Out but Want to Keep My Stock

Alan answers a question posed by Doug, who asks: Alan,Alan, I’m having trouble with the following trade: On 6/10 I bought GDX for $22.37 and sold the July $24 strike for $0.24. On 7/12 GDX is at $26.21 and the cost to buy back the option is $2.21 (no time value left). I want to […]

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Expiration Dates versus Expiration Times: Important Clarifications

When we sell covered call options or cash-secured puts, the expiration date of our monthly option contracts is usually the third Friday of the month at 4 PM ET. However, this is not to be confused with the expiration time of these contracts. The latter is the date and time when the contract is rendered […]

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Selling Deep In-The-Money Calls to Exit Stock Positions

Covered call writing is used predominantly to generate cash flow in a low-risk manner. But it can also be used to exit stock positions while mitigating losses in those trades. As an example, I will use a series of trades shared with me by Ashvin on May 16th, 2019. The underlying security was iShares MSCI […]

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Implied Volatility and Expected Price Movement of our Stocks During the Life of a Contract

Implied volatility (IV) is directly related to the value of the premiums we receive when selling covered call and put options. The more volatile the underlying security, the greater the premium and risk exposure. I have written quite a bit about IV over the years and distinguished it from historical volatility (HV). This article will […]

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Delta as the Sole Criteria for Covered Call Writing Strike Selection

Strike selection is the second required skill when writing covered call options or selling cash-secured puts. Over the years I have been asked to suggest a specific Delta for strike selection implying that this statistic would be the sole criterion to determine strike determination. This article will make a case why Delta, although important, should […]

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Rolling Up in the Same Contract Month: A Real-Life Example with KMX

Position management or exit strategies for covered call writing and selling puts is the third required skill to achieve the highest possible return levels (stock and option selection are the first two). First, we must determine if an exit strategy opportunity actually exists and then, if so, which one to execute. On May 3rd 2019, […]

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Rolling Deep OTM Puts to a Higher Strike: A Viable Mid-Contract Strategy?

After selling an out-of-the-money (OTM) cash-secured put and then stock price accelerates substantially, the put value will decline. Share price and put value are inversely-related. This allows us to take advantage of our 20%/10% put-selling guidelines exit strategy discussed on pages 141 – 143 of my book, Selling Cash-Secured Puts. With this exit strategy, if […]

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Why Was My Short Out-Of-The-Money Put Exercised?

When we sell covered calls or cash-secured puts, we understand that if a strike ends up in-the-money at expiration, that option will be exercised over the weekend and shares will be sold or purchased depending on the option type (for calls, our shares are sold; for puts, new shares are purchased with the cash set […]

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Converting a Covered Call Trade to a Collar Trade: An Analysis Using ALXN

When we sell and in-the-money or at-the-money strike and share price moves up substantially, we have an unrealized maximum return. On 4/5/2019, Doug wrote to me about such a situation he was in with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN). He was considering buying a protective put to protect part of the unrealized profit and thought […]

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